Huddersfield Chronicle (04/Jan/1868) - page 8

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Local News

The Rev. James McCann, LL.D.

The Rev. James Mccann, LL.D. — From an advertisement in another column, it will be seen that the Rev. J. Mccann will take leave of his Huddersfield friends on Sunday, the 12th instant, when he will preach a sermon on behalf of the District Visiting Society connected with St. Paul's church.

Three Attempts to Break into a Warehouse

Three Attempts to Break into a Warehouse. — Two attempts were made on Wednesday night, at eleven or twelve o'clock, to forcibly enter the warehouse of Mr. Beaumont, merchant, Aspley; and a third attempt was made about two o'clock on the following morning. A woman, who lives under the warehouse, saw a man on his knees, on Thursday morning, trying to raise the coal cellar grating, and threatened to summon a policeman if he did not take himself away. The fellow took the hint, and disappeared.

Kirkburton Wesleyan Sunday School

Kirkburton Wesleyan Sunday School. — The annual tea meeting of this school was held in the day school, on New Year's Day. About 300 sat down; and a meeting was afterwards held in the chapel, presided over by Mr. Charles Brook. The report was read by Mr. Henry Hey, and addresses were delivered by the Rev. E. Henson, Messrs. H. Haigh, R. Lockwood, B. Milnes, G. Kaye, and J. Armitage. ut m

Trinity Church Missionary Tea Meeting

Trinity Church Missionary Tea Meeting. — The annual tea meeting of the Trinity Church branch of the Church Missionary Society took place in the Dyke End school-room on Monday evening. Between two and three hundred members of the congregation and friends partook of tea. A public meeting was afterwards held, the Rev. T. R. Jones, the incumbent, presiding. Addresses, in support of missionary work, were delivered by the chairman, the Rev. R. Collins, M.A., Vicar of Kirkburton, the Rev. — Fleming, a returned missionary from China, the Rev. W. B. Calvert, M.A., Vicar of Huddersfield, and other friends of the cause. The church choir was present and diversified the proceedings by their pleasing performances. Mr. J. E. Pearson, the organist, presided at the pianoforte.

Relief to the Aged and Necessitous Poor

Relief to the Aged and Necessitous Poor. — The distribution of soup and bread, provided by subscription, was continued on Saturday, at the premises of Mr. G. Sims, proprietor of the Market Dining Rooms. There were 120 recipients ; and the dispensators gave away 170 quarts of soup, which was supplemented by an allowance of bread, supplied by the Working Men's Club. On Wednesday 132 tickets were presented, and there were distributed 191 quarts of soup, with a proportionate supply of braad. Twenty-two of the candidates for relief received a double quantity of the bread allowed. There were present Messrs. Joseph Hirst, R. Porritt, and T. W. Clough, the improvement commissioners, the latter of whom has been mainly instrumental in the establishment of the distribution. Several touching incidents, we understand, come under the notice of the promoters of the movement, one of the recipients, formerly a manufacturer in the town, being 87 years of age.

The Overseers of the Poor of Almondbury and the Beersellers

The Overseers of the Poor of Almondbury and the Beersellers. -the overseers of Almondbury being of opinion that it was the intention of the Legislature that home premises,- — that is to say, house or buildings — should be rated at a certain value, regulated by population, and not by valuation of and in conjunction with buildings, to qualify for a beer license, as many have so claimed and obtained a certificate for the procuring of the said license. The overseers having acted upon the above-expressed conviction, two beersellers who were disqualified, took upon themselves to write to the officials of Somerset House, complaining ot the action of the overseers, and desiring to know whether the overseers had power to alter their rating in the poor's-rate book, and so disqualify them for obtaining license as usual. They have received the following reply : —

Inland Revenue, Somerset House, London.

Mapam, — In reply to your letter of the 11th ultimo, I am directed to inform you that a beerhouse license cannot be granted you, your premises not being rated to the amount required by law. I remain, Madam, yours, W. M. Rosser1.

November 26th, 1867.

Messrs. Pinders' Circus

Messrs. Pinders' Circus. — The gorgeous equestrian pantomime was brought to a close on Thursday evening, after a most successful career. The pantomimic sketch, entitled Harlequin and O'donoghue and the Fairy White Horse of Killarney, has been produced on a scale of splendour, for which the proprietors of this place of amusement are proverbial; and the several characters were very creditably represented. The " Harlequin" was taken by Mr. Watson, and Miss Griffiths was transformed into " Columbine ;" and both parts were performed with grace and dexterity. The comic scenes were miith-exciting without being extravagantly tedious ; and here, prior to taking leave of the pantomime, Mr. J. Bell is deserving of special mention. Mr. Bell, as a clown, is endowed with abilities and talents of no ordinary character ; and the energy and tact which he has infused into his performances since the opening of the establishment, has justly exalted him in the estimation of his numerous friends. The speeches of Mr. Bell are well timed; his humour is genuine and enlivening ; his deportment in the arena even wins and rivets the attention of spectators; and, we may add, he has been in an unusually happy mood during the pantomime. Mi. Harmston, also a clown, keeps the house in roars of laughter by his freaks in the ring ; and last, but not least worthy of notice, comes Mr. Myers, who goes through his arduous performances with commendable gracefulness and alacrity. The throwing a summersault, in a flight over ten horses, is a marvellous feat; and secures for Mr. Myers rounds of applause. Mr. Myers, who is a skilful clown, takes a benefit on Tuesday evening next; and we hope he may receive, as he assuredly merits, the favours of the general public. Mr. J. Griffiths has not been behind his compeers in clowning and contributing to the success of the entertainments. " O'donoghue" was sustained by Mr. G. Pinder; and, for the complete arrangements and effective working of the pantomime, the patrons of the circus are indebted to Mr. Vokes, equestrian manager, upon whose versatility we have previously commented. Mr. Griffiths had his benefit on Thursday evening ; and, although several novelties were introduced which strictly speaking have no connection with equestrian performances, yet the entertainment was well attended, and passed off successfully. The most recent importation of new talent is the engagement of the Hogini Family, whose unrivalled acrobatic displays are admired by all who witness them, and who, on each evening, appear and retire amid continued bursts of applause and showers of oranges. On Tuesday night, when Mr. Myers takes his benefit, a most inviting "bill of fare" will be presented.

The Fenian Conspiracy: Appointment of Special Constables

The Fenian Conspiracy. — Appointment of Special Constables. — At a meeting of the Watch Committee of the Improvement Commissioners, held on the 26th ult., a communication from the Secretary of State was read, requesting the adoption of precautionary measures for the preservation of the peace and property of the town. A special meeting of the committee was held on the 30th ult., in corsequence of a further communication from the Secretary of State, when it was resolved that application be made to the magistrates for the appointment of special constables, in accordance with the recommen-

tions of the Government, and the committee expressed its readiness to co-operate with the magistrates in the enrolment and organisation of such force, On Tuesday forenoon, in pursuance of the foregoing resolution, Mr. Robert Skilbeck, chairman of the Huddersfield Improvement Commissioners, and Mr. Joel Denham, chairman of the Watch Committee, accompanied by Mr. Batley, the clerk, had an interview with the magistrates at the Court House for the purpose of conferring on the steps to be taken pursuant to the Government circular received. After consideration it was decided to open lists for the enrolment of special constables, and placards were ordered to be posted throughout the town calling upon all loyal and well disposed citizens to come forward and enrol their names for service as special constables. It is intended to select from these lists such number of persons as shall be from time to time expedient to be sworn in, and the magistrates will duly notify the arrangements for that purpose. The following circular has been issued under the authority of the officers of the 6th West York Rifle Volunteers

" Huddersfield, 1st January, 1868.

" The local authorities having considered it desirable to adopt additional precautions for the protection of the public peace and security of property in this district, by the appointment of a foree of special constables, the officers of this battalion have much pleasure in offering the services of the entire corps in that capacity, and the authorities have accepted the same. The magistrates have arranged to attend at the armoury, on Saturday afternoon next, at four p.m., to swear in such members as present themselves; and the officers confidently rely on the attendance of every member of the corps on that occasion, in proof of their loyalty to the Queen, and of their determination to support their officers and public authorities in the present emergency. On this occasion plain clothes only to be worn, and not uniform." Up to a late hour, yesterday afternoon, there had been enrolled, at the Town Police Office, for appointment as special constables 24 employes at the Post Office, 24 workmen in the employ of Messrs. H. and E. Wrigley, cotton spinners, Fountain Street ; and over 50 names have been enrolled at the Police Office. Twenty-six persons have offered themselves, at the County Police Office, Princess Street, for appointment as special constables. In consequence of the reports received from different places of the mischief resulting from the improper use of gunpower, petroleum, and other combustibles it has been considered advisable to ascertain the numes of purchasers of these inflammable articles ; and the superintendent of the town police (Mr. Withers), is issuing a circular, requesting vendors to obtain the names of the persons who purchase explosives from them, Mr. Withers, in the circular, adds : — " And I would beg to suggest to you the propriety of acting with caution in the sale of such articles, particularly to women, children, and strangers, and I shall further feel obliged by your furnishing to me any information with reference to the sale of those articles which you may consider of a doubtful or suspicious character. I wish also further to suggest to you the propriety of placing your stores of inflammable articles and of fire-arms (if any) in some place of safety from fire and security against thieves."

Death from Exposure near Dewsbury

Death from Exposure near Dewsbury. — On Wednesday night the body of a man unknown was discovered on the bank of Gurgh Mill Beck, situated between Dewsbary and Muficld. The deceased was seen begging in Ravensthorpe last Monday, and was apparently in ill health. It is supposed he has died from starvatiun and exposure to the cold.

Accident to Mr. Gladstone

Accident to Mr. Gladstone. — Mr. Gladstone is speuding Christmas at Hawarden Castle. On Monday afternoon he was watching the cutting down of a tree in the grounds, when a splinter flew and struck him on one of the eyes, The pain was very severe, and at first it was

Texred that the sight was imperilled. We are glad, however, to learn that the only effect will be that for a short time it will be necessary to use the eyes very sparingly hir. Gladstone has returned to London, and it is stated that he is suffering no ill effects from the recent accident.

Fire at a Heckmondwike Woollen Manufactory

Fire at a Heckmondwike Woollen Manufactory. — Eaily on Saturday afternoon a fire, which did damage to the amount of £500 or £600, broke out on the premises belonging to Messrs. E. Firth and Sons, woollen manufacturt:, Heckmondwike. The Flush Miil tire brigade — the firn.s own brisade — arrived on the spot soon after the alsin Lad been sounded, and succeeded in keeping the fry frou: cxtemding to any other portion of the building sovo thatia whieh the Hames were first diseover ca, The er tof the fire is supposed to be spontaneous earmbus-

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Highfield Lecture

Highfield Lecture. — It will be seen from an advertisement in our columns, that the next lecture of the series will be delivered on Wednesday evening next (instead of Tuesday evening as before announced), by the Rev. Bryan Dale, M.A., of Halifax.

The Art Journal

The Art Journal. — Those of our readers who are not already subscribers to this highly instructive and artistic publication should not fail to commence with the Pring ear. The engravings, typography, in 8 camel with it is of the best character, and ought to ensure for it a large share of public support.

Unsafe Cellar Gratings

Unsafe Cellar Gratings. — About eight o'clock on the evening of New Year's Day Luke Hirst, son of Michael Hirst, Thomas Street, fell down an aperture leading to a coal cellar belonging to the premises occupied by Mr. Joseph Olroyd, linen draper, Cross Church Street. The boy's arm was fractured, and he was otherwise injured.

Workmen's Convivial Gathering

Workmen's Convivial Gathering. — The workmen employed b Mr. . Benjamin Dickenson, finisher, Newtown, assembled at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, and partook of supper. There were about 40 present. Mr. Henry Marshall presided; and Mr. George Oates occupied the vicechair. The utmost cordiality prevailed throughout the evening.

Treat to Workpeople

Treat to Workpeople. — On Thursday evening Mr. Ben Oxley entertained his workpeople and a number of friends to supper at the Old Hat Inn, West Parade, in honour of the attainment of his majority. After the good things provided had been partaken of, the chair was occupied by Mr. William Hanson, and song, toast, and sentiment were the order of the evening, Mr. Lord accompanying on the pianoforte.

Primitive Methodist Sunday School

Primitive Methodist Sunday School. — On New Year's Day, the annual tea party in connection the South Street Primitive Methodist Sunday School took place. About 140 partook of tea. Afterwards a public meeting was held in the schoolroom, Mr. Raynor presiding. Speeches were made, bearing upon the Sabbath school question, by the Rev. M. Baxter, Rev. J. Snowdon, Mr. John Jessop, Mr. Wm. Blacker, and Mr. Geo. Haigh.

Marsh Memorial School

Marsh Memorial School. — A tea party and meeting was held at the Memorial School, Marsh, on Tuesday evening, when a large number of friends partook of tea together. An entertainment afterwards took place, under the presidency of the Rev. T. R. Jones, the incumbent of Trinity Church. Readings were given by Mr. James Hinchcliffe, the Rev. A, T. Mitton, John Beaumont, jun., — Reid, &c. The readings were interspersed with some excellent comic singing by Mr. Rayner, assisted by the members of the church choir. Mr. J. E. Pearson presided at the pianoforte.

Annual Treat to the Inmates of the Birkby Workhouse

Annual Treat to the Inmates of the Birkby Workhouse. — The inmates of the Birkby Workhouse were hospitably entertained by J. Freeman, Esq., on New Year's Day. This was the tenth annual treat afforded to the inmates of this house, through the munificence of Mr. Freeman ; and, as is usual at this festivity, everything was provided that appetite and taste could desire. Mrs. Freeman and several other ladies were present. The following guardians were also present — Messrs. Clayton, Robson, Kaye, Bower, Lidster, Ellam, and Shaw ; and they dined afterwards with Mr. Freeman in the master's room. The inmates thoroughly enjoyed themselves ; and, before the hour for retiring arrived, expressed their gratitude to Mr. Freeman for the renewal of his hospitality.

Highfield Chapel Choir Anniversary

HIGHFIELD CHAPEL CHOIR ANNIVERSARY. — The annual meeting of the choir of Highfield Chapel was held in the Assembly Room of the school, on Tuesday evening, when selections of music were admirably performed. There was a large attendance. The Rev. R. Bruce, the resident minister, occupied the chair. The first part of the performance consisted of Haydn's 'First Service ;" and the second part comprised selections from Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Handel. The choir was assisted by a number of musical friends of the neighbourhood. Mr. Dean presided at the organ. A descriptive piece of the "storm" was excellently performed by Mr. Lemmens. At the conclusion of the performance the choir and their friends adjourned to the lecture-room, and sat down to supper, under the presidency of the Rev. R. Bruce and the members of the organ co:mittee.

District Intelligence


Workmen's Supper

WORKMEN'S SuPpPER. — The workmen in the employ of Messrs. Henry Crowther and Sons, manufacturers, Lockwood, partook of supper at the house of Mr. Edward Brown, the Red Lion Inn, on Saturday evening. About 60 persons partook of the edibles. Mr. John Illingworth, finisher, presided over the after proceedings. A cordial vote of thanks was awarded to the host and hostess for the handsome manner in which they had provided the supper.

Refusing to Quit the Bath Hotel

Refusing to Quit the Bath Hotel. — John Senior, labourer, Lockwood, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at the Bath Hotel. — Police Constable Redman stated that, on the preceding Thursday night, he was sent for to remove the defendant from the Bath Hotel. On his arrival, the landlord, Mr. Ward, was in the act of putting out the defendant, who was very drunk. — Fined 5s. and costs, or, seven days' imprisonment in default of payment.

Bagatelle Match

Bagatelle Match. — The return match at bagatelle between six members of the Holmfirth Working Men's Club and six of the Lockwood Club came off in the rooms of the latter club on Saturday. The Lockwood men having been beaten at Holmfirth, determined to recover lost ground, and were successful in their efforts. The game was 101 cannons. Up to the hundredth cannon both sets kept well together. At this point the Lockwood men obtained possession of the board, and won the game by 20.


Missionary Bazaar

Misstonary Bazaar. — The annual bazaar of the Juvenile Baptists' Missionary Society was held in the Sunday-school, Hanson Lane, Lockwood, on Wednesday. The room was beautifully decorated with flags, flowers, evergreens, mottoes, and designs. The stalls were crowded with useful as well as fancy articles, and on one stall was a handsome Christmas tree laden with choice productions. There was also a refreshment stall. The following ladies superintended the sales : — The Misses Tate, Misses E. and S. Berry, Miss G. White, Miss M. H. Shaw, and others. The attendance was good, and the sales numerous.


Oratorio. — On Tuesday evening the Choral Society of the Lockwood Mechanics' Institution gave their first grand oratorio in the large hall, for which occasion Handel's " Messiah" was selected. The performance was highly creditable, and deserved much greater patronage than it received. The orchestra numbered over 20 persons; Mr. G,. Haigh acting as conductor, and Mr. M. Rollinson as leader. The principal vocalists were Misses Crossley, Thornton, Vevers, Kaye, and Platt, Mrs. Dawson, Messrs. Bridge, Sunderland, Crossley, Beaumont, Senior, and Baxter. The efficient manner in which the oratorio was commenced by Mr. Sunderland in " Comfort ye" prepared the audience for a rich treat, and they were not disappointed. The whole of the parts were well sustaine: The recitatives were carefully rendered, and the choruses were given with force and precision.

The Baptist Dorcas Society

The Baptist Dorcas Society. — The annual meeting of this society was held in the Baptist schoolroom, on New Year's Day, when upwards of 200 of its friends sat down to an excellent tea, given to the society by Mr. Josiah Berry. The proceeds, amounting to about £5, were handed over to the society. After tea, a public meeting was held, presided over by the Rev. J. Barker, the pastor. Addresses were given by Revs. T. Thomas, J. Hanson, Messrs. T. Beaumont, J. Sharp, A. Crowther, J. H. Crowther, J. Crosland, N. Berry, J. Shaw, A. Senior, and C. Mortimer. The choir of Lockwood Chapel enlivened the proceedings of the evening by singing, in excellent style, several pieces of sacred music. From the report which was read by the Chairman, it appears that the subscriptions of the year amounted to £17 8s. 8d., which, with proceeds of annual and other teas, made £25 15s. 94d., a larger amount than has been received in previous years. There had been spent in materials, &c., £26 4s, 3$d., leaving a balance due to the treasurer of 8s. 53d. Two hundred articles in the shape of sheets, shirts, chemises, petticoats, vests, aprons, and handkerchiefs had been given amongst the members of the church and congregation, the children of the Sunday school, and other inhabitants of Lockwood.

Serious Charge Against a Young Man

Serious Charge Against a Young Man. — At the Huddersfield Police Court, on Thursday, a respectablyattired young man, named Luke Oldfield Stocks, clogger, Low Bank, Almondbury, was brought up charged with feloniously removing clog soles, of the value of £10, the property of Mr. Wittrick, clogger, Lockwood. — Mr. Supt. Heaton stated that Stocks had been apprehended during the sitting of the Court, under a warrant, for removing the property in question, disposing of it, and appropriating the money to his own use. He was not uble to go on with the case; and he had to ask for a remand until Saturday. — -Stocks asked to be temporarily released on bail, and, as Mr. Heaton did not object, the bench remanded him, and admitted him to bail — himself in £20, and two sureties in £10 each.


The Mechanics' Institution

The Mechanics' Institution. — The annual soiree of the Shelley Mechanics' Institution, took place in the Assembly Room Shelley Bank, on Thursday night week, and was well attended. Mr. Josiah Townend occupied the chair. The report was read by Mr. W. Taylor, the secretary, and gave satisfaction. The number of pupils now on the books is 79. Addresses were delivered by Messrs. T. W. Clough (who gave three prizes for general attainments), F. Curzon, J. Glasier, Juz. Sykes, Amos Senior and others. A glee party added greatly to the pleasures of the evening. Mr. W. Fitton presided at the pianoforte. The customary votes of thanks to those who had taken part in the entertainment closed the proceedings.

Treat to Old People, &c.

Treat to old People, &c. — On New Year's evening twenty-eight old women of Shelley, were treated to a good tea at the house of Mr. Henry Gill, the Commercial Inn, Shelley. The funds to provide the treat were supplied from the surplus left in the hands of the gentlemen who distributed the Christuas gifts. — The mesnbers of the Shelley Loesl Board, and tueir friends, partook of diuner «at the house of Mrs. Ramsden, the Gardeners' Arms Tun, Secliey, on New Year's day. — The teachers and ' the Shelloy Independent Sunday School, vw ou We tnesdoy. — The enstomers of Mr. im Tmlee lay lavited ty tea,



Treat to Workpeople

Treat to Workpeople. — Mr. A. Brierley, woollen na itunes, of Spa Bottom Mill, Lepton, treated the whole of the females and boys in his employ to a knife and fork tea, at the house of Mr. Jonathan Roebuck, the Star Inn, Fenay Bridge, on Saturday last. About 100 partook of the good things.


The Local Board

The Local Board. — The usual meeting of the Mars tent Bend was held in the Church School, Paddock, on Thursday evening, when there was a full attendance of members. The minutes of the former meeting were confirmed. Mr. J. Crosland was appointed chairman for the ensuing year. Messrs. J. Thornton, W. Watkinson, J. Whitworth, and R. North, the recently-elected members, subscribed the usual declaration and took their seats at the Board. Mr. Hanley was re-appointed clerk, Mr. Smith, treasurer, and Mr. Hirst, rate collector. Police-sergeant Sedgwick was re-appointed inspector of nuisances. All the appointments were subject to the condition of dismissal without compensation, should the charter of incorporation for Huddersfield be granted and Paddock annexed thereto before the year of office expired. The amount expended during the fortnight on the highways in tradesmen's bills, &e., amounted to £47 4s, 34d., which were ordered to be paid. The clerk having applied for an increase of his salary to 15 guineas, a long discussion ensued, and it was ultimately agreed to allow him £15 for the present year's salary. Three communications had been received from the officials of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company respecting the nuisance caused by the droppings from the viaduct crossing Longroyd Lane. The company'sengineer had met the working surveyor to the Board on Tuesday week, and enquired what the Board' wished the company to do. The surveyor pointed out the nuisance but no instructions from the Board as to its requirements. The engineer suggested that the arch should be covered over that part overhanging the footpath. He was informed that the Board would expect that the half breadth of the road (at least) should bo corered and protected from the nuisance. On this understanding the subject rests at present. — The returning officer's bill of charges for the expenses of the late election was resented amounting to £15 15s, 6d. This was considered as being too high, and the bill was examined item by item, and a long conversational discussion ensued. It appearing that Mr. E. Crosland had charged four items for "waiting upon and instructing" the printer, clerk, &c., 'examining proofs," and other personal services with regard to the election, were not reasonable, the Board having a discretionary power (this being the first election under the Act) resolved to disallow them ; also to reduce by 5s. the sum charged for the services of the surveyor: he being a servant of the Board. — At the conclusion, it was decided that the sum of £14 4s. be paid to the returning officer in discharge of the bill. — The clerk was instructed to inform Mr. Superintendent Heaton, of the county constabulary force, of the adoption by the Board of the Public House Early Closing Act, in and for the district of Marsh, with the view of that Act being enforced. — Plans for the erection of four houses at Gledholt Banktop for Mr. Luke Schofield, were laid before the Board and examined. — This concluded the business.


Tea Party and Presentation

Tea Party and Presentation. — On Friday week a congregational tea party took place in the Church Schoolroom, Newsome, when 106 persons partook of tea. After tea addresses were delivered by the Revs. T. B. Bensted, J. W. Town, and T. Lewthwaite. The Newsome Choir was present and enlivened the proceedings by their musical performances. Votes of thanks were heartily accorded to Mrs. F. Taylor and other ladies for their assistance in decorating the schoolroom. On Monday the teachers in connection with the school partook of tea, provided by the Rev. T. Lewthwaite, the curate, After tea, Miss Phoebe Johnson, who has for many years been an active worker in the Sunday School, and who was married on New Year's Day, and will shortly take her departure for America, was presented with a beautiful album, containing the cartes de visite of a number of the teachers. A very pleasant evening was enjoyed by all present.


Furious Driving

Furious Driving. — At the Huddersfield Police Court, on Tuesday, James Scholes, a lurry-driver for George Bletcher, greengrocer, of Huddersfield, was fined ls. and expenses for furiously driving his waggon on the 27th ult. at Paddock. The case was proved by Police-sergeant Sedgwick.


Oddfellowship, — On Tuesday, the wives, sweethearts, and friends of the members of Lodge No. 690, of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows, held at the house of Mr. B. Hepworth, the Ship Inn, Paddock, partook of a substantial knife and fork tea at that house. About 70 sat down. After tea, a quadrille band was introduced, when dancing and other recreations were indulged in.

Masquerade Ball

Masquerade Ball. — A masquerade ball was given in the assembly-room attached to the Commercial Inn, Paddock, on Tuesday evening, and was attended by upwards of forty couples. Thornton's Quadrille Band was in attendance, and dancing was kept up till after the entrance of the New Year. — On New Year's Day the annual publiz tea party took place in the same room, and was attended by over fifty persons. In the evening, Clayton's Band being engaged, dancing was indulged in till after midnight. Mr. G. Horsfall presided at the pianoforte.

Congregational School

Congregational School. — On New Year's Day the annual tea and meeting in connection with the Sunday school was held. About 160 sat down to tea. The after meeting was presided over by the Rev. H. J. Boyd, the resident minister. The chairman made a few remarks on the importance of the Christian work of the Sunday school, and the necessity for the early training of children. The secretary then read the report of the school, from which it appeared that there had been a falling off in the number of scholars, and in the attendances. There was also a great want of teachers. Thereport enumerated the various agencies carried on at the place for the benefit of the neighbourhood, such as the Friendly Association, the penny savings' bank, the reading-room, the band of hope, and the winter course of lectures. Mr. John Thomas moved, and Mr. R. T. Broome seconded, the adoption of the report. Afterwards, speeches of a very interesting character were delivered by the Revs. BR. Bruce, of Highfield, and W. Reynolds, of Paddock; and by Messrs. T. Denham and Wm. Watkinson. Votes of thanks to the ladies were moved by Mr. E. Kendall and seconded by Mr. J. C. Thorpe. The proceedings were diversified by the performance of a few pieces of music.


Tea Party and Concert

Tea Party and Concert. — On Saturday last the choir of St. Augustine's Church, with their friends, had a tea party at the National Schoolroom, and they afterwards gave a concert, which was patronised by the Lady Margaret Beaumont, of Bretton Hall, and was very well attended, many of the leading families of the neighbourhood being present. The concert, which gave general satisfaction, included several excellent chorus glees, duets, some very pretty solo, ballad, and operatic selections, and some comic songs. Mr. Cooper ably presided at the piano. The proceeds of the concert was for the benefit of the choir, who gave their services gratuitously to the church.


The Volunteer Movement

The Volunteer Movement. — What is it Coming to?


S1n, — With reference to a letter which appeared in your last week's impression, under the above heading, and signed " Huddersfield," I beg leave to state that I did not announce myself at Kirkheaton as Lieut. Bradbury of the Saddleworth Corps, neither did I say that I attended the meeting to represent the commanding officer of that battalion. — I am, Sir, yours respectfully,


Huddersfield, 2nd January, 1868.


Stk, — Will you allow us to trespass on your space in order to say a few words regarding the letter in your last issue signed " Huddersfield." With the greater part of that letter we have nothing to do, our object being to correct your correspondent on that portion of his letter which seems to us to cast some unmerited reflections on the Earl of Dartmouth.

Referring to the Woodsome company, your correspondent says "that this was formed notoriously under the auspices of the Earl of Dartmouth, whose influence over his tenantry is well known, and that he supposes his lordship's desire has been to enrol the tenantry of his different estates under one command," leaving the public to infer that his lordship had used any influence he possesses unduly to the detriment of the volunteer movement of the Huddersfield corps in particular, As '"Hudderstield" elsewhere observes the noble Earl has gained popularity in the district, we deem it only right that this should not be affected by unjustifiable and incorrect reflections, we would therefore briefly say, when the deputation appointed by the projectors of the movement in Almondbury and district waited upon his lordship to seek his assistance, he immediately acceded to the request, finding both drill room and shooting ground, also putting up targets and mantles, and in addition giving a handsome subscription, stating at that time distinctly, that this support would be accorded whether the Woodsome company joined the Saddleworth or the Huddersfield battalion. It is true that the Woodsome company is now more particularly under the auspices" by being under the command of the Earl, but it is equally true that with the origination of this company and its ultimate resolves to join the 34th West Riding, he had nothing whatever to do, the formation of the company and direction being left entirely in the hands of the committee of gentlemen residing in the neighbourhood and chosen for that purpose. The deputation from that committee to the Earl consisted of, Yours very respect-


Str, — Your impression of Saturday last contained a letter, headed as above, and signed by " Huddersfield," in which reference is made to the attempt to form a rifle volunteer company in Kirkheaton, by officers of the Mirtield Corps, but which by omitting to mention the circumstances attending that attempt, has the tendency of misleading you and your numerous readers. Being well acquainted with all the facts of the ease, which " Huddersfield" does not appear to be, I think it my duty to lay before you an account of the whole affair,

On the 27th November last, or a fortnight previous to the meeting referred to by " Hudderstield," I announced at a penny reading in the village that an officer of the Woodsome Company of the 34th W.Y.R.V. had requested me to ask the young men if they were willing to join his company, and if they eventually joined in sufficient numbers, then to form a distinct company in Kirkheaton ; Tat the same time fixed Monday evening following for taking the names of those who were wishful to join, when

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tion of a company of volunterrs in Kirkheaton being a sthises apon which the youns mon of the vilbgo had preletly never hada thought, f let [t Me in obeyanee, in order that they might fully consider it over, until Monday, the 9th ult., when, at another penny reading, I gave out that I should attend at the Fields school, on the Friday evening following, to receive the names of those who, in the meantime, had considered to join the movement. I was unable, however, to follow up my plan, as on Wednesday morning, the 11th ult., I received a note from Ensign Beaumont, of the 4st W.Y.R., asking me to meet himself and Lieutenant Williamson that evening "to talk over the rifle movement in Kirkheaton." I replied that I could not do SO, having first to acquaint Ensign Taylor, the officer under whose instructions I was acting; but if Thursday would be convenient for them, I should he happy to meet them. I am unable to say whether Ensign Beaumont understood my letter or not, but notwithstanding I had expressly stated I could not see them that evening, they sent another note in the afternoon, saying they would be up at six o'clock.

They did come up, and although they were informed of my intention to hold a meeting in the Fields School on the Friday following, I afterwards learnt that whilst waiting to see me they went and engaged a room at the Spangled Bull, in which to hold a meeting at the very same time as I had fixed upon. After waiting an hour and & half they returned without seeing me, but before leaving promised to write next day saying when they would come up again. However, instead of writing for another interview, they issued large placards and handbills, requesting all young men wishful to join the Volunteer Rifle Corps, to meet them at the Spangled Bull, on Friday, the 13th ult. The placards having been the means of inducing many erroneously to believe that the Mirfield officers were acting in conjunction with myself, I attended the meeting for the purpose of making it known that such was not the case, and moreover, that whatever the Mirfield officers might do, I should still endeavour to carry out my project of forming a company of riflemen in Kirkheaton, as I had no intention of allowing them to reap the fruits of my labours.

" Huddersfield" says that the Mirfield officers held that meeting to give information to and enrol a number of men '" who had expressed a wish to become volunteers in the Mirfield company." Now, Mr. Editor, being a resident in Kirkheaton, and in communication with all classes of the villagers, I can from my own personal knowledge, emphatically contradict the statement that any such wish had ever been expressed, " Huddersfield" goes on to say that Lieutenant Bradbury and Ensign Taylor stated at the meeting, that they were there to represent their commanding officer, which is wholly untrue, no such statement having been made by either of those gentlemen. Great stress has been laid upon the circumstance of the vote taken at that meeting, being in favor of the Mirfield corps, but as I knew it was not a just representation of the feelings of the men generally, the majority of those who had given me their names, having intentionally absented themselves from the meeting, I saw no reason to depart from the line of conduct I had laid down for myself as stated at that meeting. In further support of this opinion, I may mention, that at a meeting held in the National School, Kirkheaton, on Wednesday, the 18th ult., Dr. Dyson being in the chair, and which was attended by more than twice the number present at the Spangled Bull, on the previous Friday, a resolution was passed unanimously that those present were anxious to be enrolled as members of the Woodsome Company until such times as there was a sufficient number to form an independent company in Kirkheaton, to be attached to the 34th W.Y.R.V. At that time the ground was clear from the influence of the Mirfield officers, as the meeting was held after Lieutenant Williamson had announced his intention of abandoning the idea of forming a corps in Kirkheaton.

Your correspondent " Huddersfield" states that the course in which I have taken part has already had a damaging effect on the volunteer movement in the district, and will tend to create animosity and ill feeling between the respective corps ; but, I think, Mr. Editor, I have stated sufficient of the facts of the case to warrant me in thinking that any blame would be more rightly applied to the officers of the Mirfield company, who intruded in a district in which I had already made considerable progress in enrolling volunteers in connection with another corps, which every one must admit is more closely allied with Kirkheaton than that of the neighbouring parish of Mirfield.

Thanking you for your kindness in allowing me to take up so much of your space, I remaio, Sir, yours respect-

Ys T. C. SMITH. Kirkheaton, 2nd January, 1868, — _ — — Se eee


Str, — Having seen a letter in your paper on the volunteer movement, I wish through the same medium to say a few words. The writer says it is no secret there is difference of opinion between the 6th and the 34th as to the districts in which each should recruit, and throws a great deal of blame on the 34th. I think if he had looked at home he would not have done so. Did the writer ever know Huddersfield begin to raise new companies until the 34th showed them the way? and as to having either wishes or claims, they have but very lately shown them. I well remember the time when they would not take a man in if he came from Longwood.

The writer goes on to say that an attempt has been made at Outlane by the Saddleworth corps to enrol men whom they knew had sent in their names to the number of 70 or 80, with a request that they might be joined as a company to the Huddersfield battalion. Now, I cannot say the writer has made this statement from ignorance, because it is a well-known fact that Mr. Sykes, the present captain of the Outlane company, sent a requisition to Colonel Bradbury, signed by 70 men, and asked him to form acompany. He also sent another to Huddersfield with the same request. Now, after Mr. Sykes had done this, Colonel Bradbury put out placards saying that he would be at Outlane and explain everything to them ; but Major Greenwood and others taking advantage of the lateness of the hour stated, went to Outlane and swore in the men for the Huddersfield battalion. The writer goes on to say that, foiled in this attempt, they got up a meeting at Longwood, and swore in 50 or 60 men, making a remark that there are no officers. He then speculates on the proballe feelings of the men, and I wondered whether he had been measuring a peck out of his own strike. As to receiving aid from the clergy, we are very thankful for it, yet I wonder that he should mention it, for the Outlane company receives the same aid from the same source — the Church Schools of St. Mark's — for drill rooms. I am very happy to inform him that, in Longwood we have upwards of 80 men, and that any Tuesday or Saturday evening we shall be happy to see him, and then he can ask the question which he has answered so decidedly. With regard to the question of officers, he must be well aware that it is rather difficult to get them in a country place, as the companies are more expensive than they are in towns; but I don't think he has any reason to act the Pharisee, for if he would look back for two years he would see that the Huddersfield Corps was as badly officered as the 34th can ever be. —

Yours respectfully, A VOLUNTEER. Longwood, January 1st, 1868.

The Future of Huddersfield


Dear Siz, — The year upon which we have just entered is destined, I think, to be an important one in the annals of Huddersfield. In the first place the Act of Parliament obtained by Sir John Ramsden, during the last Session, enabling him to give 999 years leases, will, I suppose, come ere long into operation, and thus the great obstacle to the improvement and enlargement of the town will be removed, If the ground rents are but reasonable, and the leases do not contain too many exacting clauses, there is every prospect that the bitter feeling which has 8o long existed between Sir John and a large portion of his tenantry will be allayed, and Huddersfield will take that position in the country to which she is fully entitled as the seat of the fancy manufacture. People will also be enabled to say, not only that it is the handsomest and cleanest manufacturing town in the kingdem, but one of the most prosperous. I would just whisper in the ears of the authorities at Longley Hall, that there is a considerable amount of grumbling that no information has been vouchsafed as to the probable time when the new leases can be obtained, as several parties are, I know, very anxious to commence building operations.

In the second place, I think that the able evidence which was given by Mr. Batley and other gentlemen before the Enquiry Commissioner in favour of a Corporation, and the feebleness of the opposition, will justify me in concluding that a Charter of Incorporation is certain to be granted, when we shall be able to enter upon those alterations and improvements of the town which are so imperatively required, but which our Improvement Commissioners, seeing that their tenure of office is so short, have wisely refrained from commencing.

I would just observe that the proposed distribution of the wards is crude and unsatisfactory, and that at least they should all be placed on the same footing, namely, one alderman and three common councilmen for each ward. — I am, Sir, yours truly,

January 2nd, 1868.

Lockwood Mechanics' Institution


S1r, — No one, having the least love for music, cr regard for the sublime truths of Christianity, as expressed in the Oratorio of the " Messiah," and performed by the Choral Society of the Lockwood Mechanics' Lustitution, last Tuesday evening, could fail to be struck with the very high merit of the performance, and with a sense of shame for the village, on seeing the meagre audience.

On the first point, I will only say that the band was a marvel of precision and correct execution ; the chorus was characterized by fulness in all its parts, and by faultless harmony ; the solo singers displayed high taste and suitable feeling ; and the whole was most admirably conducted by Mr. Haigh.

That such talent exists in Lockwooul, and is generously exercised, in choral music, for the benefit of the Mechanics' Institution, is an encouraging fact ; but that almost the entire village should show, by nearly empty henches, an absence of sympathy with, or rather a marked contempt for both the sublime strains of the ' Messiah" and the Mechanics' Institution, is disereditable, and merits censure.

From such censure no class can claim exemption. The prices of admission were within the reach of the working classes, and if they valued the Institute that is for their sole benefit, or had a just pride in the attainments of members of their own class, they would have crowded that noble room, to manifest their regard. If the fow present, out of such a teeming population, weve all that support the Institution, God help the Managers in their battle with the prevailing ignorance and apathy. But such apathy is not unaccountable, when it is known that the wealthier classes, with a few marked exceptions, also withheld their countenance and support on this occasion, They cannot plead that publicity was not given sufficiently respecting this Oratorio, for it was advertised in the papers, and by other means, regardless of cost, to sceure a good attendance. Their absence proves that, thouch they may make a spasinodic effort oecusionally, they have as little appreciation of what will elevate and improve as the working class, and the Latter see it. he threatened loss of our insnuf: ceuring supremacy, beesuse the people are nof ctlnerted, will om? the weelthy elias everyy here

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a their own neighbourhood. Such help is needed, and surely it is not too much to expect, if a few working men and women, in any laudable way, try to promote moral and mental improvement, that those in better circumstances should show some a proval.

But if the general pabee are indifferent to these things, the religious portion, at least, of all denominations, might have turned for once out of their narrow enclosures into an area enough for them all, and pay homage to sanctified genius. Both ministers and people may mourn over the prevailing taste for frivolous music; but they are evidently too blind to see that it is only by giving encouragement to a healthier and better kind, that this taste can be extirpated. And when immortal music is united to words of Serighore, to give them emphasis and force, and is performed by lovers of the art, for a benevolent purpose, professors of religion ought to show, by their presence (if all others fail), an emphatic approval.

That all classes were recreant to duty, was felt by those present, and I but give expression to this feeling, in this rief and hasty letter from A CALM OBSERVER. Huddersfield, January 2, 1868.

Goods Damaged in Process of Manufacture

Goods Damaged in Process of Manufacture.


Str, — We trust you will pardow ovr troubling you to correct an erroneous impression which the trade might entertain, by the report under the above heading in the Chronicle, as to the real nature of the dispute between ourselves and Messrs. Lumb and Thomson, of Cloth Hallstreet, at the County Court, on Monday, the 23rd December. We denied and most distinctly proved that the goods in question had not suffered any damage in our hands, and that the only " irregular" detention of the goods by us was our holding them as a lien for a long standing account which they were then unable to pay. Long ago they knew that the goods were unsound and unsaleable, and wished to transfer them to our account, instead of our keeping them as alien only; bnt as the goods were nothing in our way we declined to have them, and thus the matter stood over for many months until we put the account into other hands for recovery in the usual way. Our claim and Messrs. Lumb and Thomson's set-off were then fully examined, and at the recommendation of a third party, and to secure payment of the account, we agreed to divide the small amount in dispute, and accept a certain sum in discharge, which was afterwards paid by instalments ; and, so far as we knew, the whole business was ended.

Unfortunately for us the gentleman with whom the settlement was made was out of town on the day of the trial, and had the judge consented to Mr. Clough's application for an adjournment, a totally different version from that given by Messrs. Lumb and Thomsoa would have been proved. — Your obedient servants,

E. and C. EASTWOOD, Dyers, Bradley Mills.



On the 2nd inst., at the Parish Church, Kildwick, by the Rev. J. Holdsworth, B.A., incumbent of Lothersdale, Charles Henry Walker, Lindley, near Huddersfield, to Mary Ann, only daughter of William Dixon, Esq., Steeton. No cards.

On the 2nd inst., at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Queenstreet, Mr. John Mitchell, of Denby Dale, to Miss Clara Fisher, of Skelmanthorpe.

On the 1st inst., at St. Thomas' Church, by the Rev. E. W. Hawkins, Mr. James Kirk, cotton spinner, to Miss Elizabeth Akroyd, both of this town.

On the 1st inst., at the Dogley Lane Chapel, Mr. Henry Hall, of Cumberworth, to Miss Hannah Mosley, of Shelley.

On the 1st inst., at the Parish Church, Pontefract, Mr. Thomas Davison, of this town, to Sarah, daughter of Robert Middleton, of Pontefract.

On the 1st inst., at the Parish Church, Lockwood, by the Rev. T. B. Bensted, M.A., assisted by the Rev. T. Lewthwaite, Mr. F. O. C. Smithies, of North Blandford, Massachusetts, to Phebe, second daughter of Mr. John Johnson, Salford House, Lockwood.

On the 1st inst.. at the Independent Chapel, Ramsden Street, Mr. Henry Blackburn to Miss Emma Blackburn, both of Almondbury.

On the 1st inrt., at the Register Office, John Street, Mr. William Lodge, of Meltham, to Miss Mary Furness, of Meltham Mills.

On the 1st inst., at the Register Office, John Street, Mr. William Lay, of Crosland Moor Bottom, to Miss Mary Ann Pipe, of this town.

On the 1st inst., at the Highfield Independent Chapel, Mr. Bates Hill, of Crosland Moor, to Miss Elizabeth Armitage, of Paddock.

On the 31st ult., at the Buxton Road Cha 1, Mr. Beaumont to Miss Ruth Ann Dyson, both of Langmead Alfred

On the 29th ult., at Almondbury Parish Charch, by the Rev. C. A. Hulbert, vicar, Alexander, youngest son of Mr. William Nichol, of Robin Hood Cottage, Berry Brow, to Mary only Ganges of the late Mr. William Wilson, Commercial Inn, Honley.

On the 20th ult., at the Huddersfield Parish Church, Mr. Joseph Briggs, of Holmfirth, to. Miss Mary Ann Dean, of this town.

On the 28th ult., at the Huddersfield Parish €hureh, Mr. James Ratcliffe, of Almondbury, to Miss Sarah Jane Birtwhistle, of this town. St. Stephen's Church, Rashcliffe,

On the 28th ult., at Rev. D. J. Mackimm, Mr. Edward Gelder to Miss Taylor, both of Rashcliffe.

On the 28th ult., at the Register Office, John Street. Mr. John Haigh to Miss Elizabeth Agnes Taylor, both of this town.


On, the 3rd inst., aged 58, Hannah Balmforth, Union Workhouse.

On the 1st inst., in her 42nd year, Ann, the beloved and affectionate wife of Richard Hird, solicitor, Carlton Place. On the 1st inst., aged 37, Ann, wife of Mr. Godfrey Hudson, innkeeper, Beast Market.

On the 31st ult., aged 44 years, after a long and painful illness, at his residence Albion Street, Mr. Joseph Wilson, cabinetmaker, &c., Huddersfield. Friends will kindly accept this intimation.

On the 31st ult., aged 80, Mr. George Shaw, of Shelley.

On the 31st utl., aged 47, Sarah, wile of Mr. Joshua Rayner, Dry Clough, Lockwood. On the 30th utl., aged 32, Maria, daughter of Mr. W. Quarmby, Height, Linthwaite. On the 30th ult., aged 6 years, Lilian, daughter of Mr. George Coldwell, of Highburton.

On the 30th ult., aged 3 months, Emily, danghter of Mr. John Waterhouse, Meltham. On the 28th ult. aged 27, Alicr, wife of Mr. William Littlewood, Berry Croft, Honley.

On the 28th ult., aged 65, Mr. Bannister Bower, farmer, Mill Moor, Meltham.

On the v2th ult., aged 66, Mary, the wife of James Campey Laycock, of this town, solicitor. On the 28th ult., aged 62, Mr. Ellie Jackson, of Kirkstyes, Cumberworth.

On the 28th inst., aged 20, Julian Ann Billing, Union Workhouse.

On the 26th ult., aged 4 months, Charley, son of Mr. W. Bedford, New Roydhouse, Linthwaite,

On the 25th ult., aged 24, Mr. Thomas Hartley. groom, Infirmary.

On the 24th ult., aged 17 On the 24th ult., aged 17, Geores. 3on of Mr. John Frankland, of Skelmanthorpe.

On the 24th ult., Fred, infant son of Mr. W.H. Walker, Townhead, Honley.

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